“ Brand: ELC „
My grandchildren have this at my house to make bath time fun and it really does, it's ever so cute.
I bought it for them because my youngest at the time was afraid of the bath and we wanted to try to help her to enjoy bath time. We bought it together in the shop and she seemed to really like it and so we took it home to see how well it would do at helping her relax in the bath.
It is a little plastic doggie which you wind up and then when you put it in the water it's arms spin round so it swims! it is very cute and it will go across the water for about 30 seconds so provides a quick burst of fun before having to be wound up again.
My grandchildren love it! They think it's really funny and they like to see how far they can get it to swim and also enjoy winding it up too. They make games with it which they find fun and now bath time isn't scary as they look forward to playing with it.
It isn't anything complicated, it's a very basic bath toy which has been around for a while but it really does entertain them, I like how it's nothing fancy and they still like it so much, I always think it's the most simple things that are best and this does show that!
It is good quality, it's very sturdy and made from a tough plastic.
It cost me £5 and I think that that is a reasonable price to pay.
I never thought I would get the opportunity to review my daughter's Doggy Paddler for DooYoo but here it is and here we go :)
**What is it?**
The doggy paddler is a typical plastic wind up and paddle / splash bath toy, aimed at toddlers and young children. It's also available in Frog and Duck versions at the same price.
**Price and Availability**
DooYoo states £4 but I paid £2 so I think that's the correct price. You can buy it in Early Learning Centre and Mothercare branches (the Mothercares which have an Early Learning Centre built into them such as for example the Ancoats Street branch in Manchester centre) and online at their respective websites (a delivery fee applies).
The dog is a lovely vibrant yellow with black spots and ears, and he is wearing cute green swimming trunks! Underneath the dog there is a yellow winder to wind up his mechanism. His arms are designed like paddles as they are what makes him 'go'.
It's obviously really easy, all you do is wind up the doggy, pop him on the water's surface and let go and away he goes! This usually has my 19 month old daughter in absolute hysterics and she often grabs him out of the water before the mechanism has run out and his arms are still flailing madly (but it's perfectly safe and she finds that even more hilarious!)
The toy has lasted since last Christmas and it's still used, and there's no type of overwinding problems or rust / moulding and so on.
Yes, absolutely! It's a pocket money priced toy and a brilliant stocking filler (which is what we used it for). It's lasted well and it's incredibly cute. It'd make a nice gift too as often kids end up with loads of toys but less bath toys, so it's nice to give something different. Yes, overall I give this 5 stars out of 5 because it's a lovely little toy for the money and it's sure to give lots of fun to it's little owner.
Sometimes it's the simplest toys that are the best and this classic toy, although basic is lots of fun.
My kids love having toys in their bath and this little doggy paddler is one of our favourites. I bought it as a stocking filler for Christmas as its fairly small and only cost £2 from Mothercare.
This toy is a cute little dog who is lying on his tummy. He's yellow and has big black floppy ears and googley eyes. He almost looks like a Wallace and Gromet cartoon character. The funniest part is that he is wearing little spotty swimming pants, like a dog would have to wear swimming trunks!!
There is a windup mechanism on his underneath and when you twist this up to full it's his arms that paddle round. When he is in the water it propels him forward. He doesn't go very far but just far enough to be fun for a bath and to keep the kids entertained. My six month old boy thinks he's really fun and laughs when I put him in the water to swim. He doesn't make much of a splash as he's only little but he is fun.
I would say the only negative is that a small child couldn't really wind him us as I think the mechanism a bit small for little fingers and it's hard when it's wet anyway but as an adult should always be with kids when they're in the bath it's easy for you to just wind the toy up for them.
A fun little toy.
Last Christmas my mum ordered some presents from Mothercare, the total almost qualified for free delivery so instead of paying for delivery she added this doggie paddler and gave it to my daughter.
------ What is it? ------
This doggie pladder is a wind up bath toy. The doggie is yellow in colour and is wearing green trunks with blue spots. The dog is roughly 12cm in length. He is made from a tough hard plastic. Underneath the dogs belly is a wind up mechanism which, when twisted, makes the front legs of the dog turn in a circular motion making him paddle along the water.
------ Our thoughts -----
My daughter has had this bath you for around 6 months and it still looks as good as new and it still paddles as it did from the day we first used it. Just as you would expect from a toy that came from Mothercare.
The wind up mechanism is good, although it will only work well in the water if it is wound up as far as it will go, around 8 full twists, this will make the dog paddle for around a minute. The stick out bit which needs to be turned is quite small, my daughter can't twist it herself, so it means I spend the majority of bath time winding it up for her. I've found that if there are lots of bubbles in my daughters bath, the dog finds it more difficult to paddle than if there wasn't any bubbles.
My daughter loves this doggie and often, if I'm upstairs doing something, she will ask to play with it in the bathroom basin, so it isn't restricted to just using in the bath. In the basin though, because there obviously isn't enough room as in the bath, the dog does tend to start crashing into the sides until she turns him around, and quite often as soon as she picks him up to turn him around his legs will starts spinning quickly when out of the water so she can get frustrated with this.
I'm not sure how much my mum paid for this, I would imagine around £4-£6 as she only added it to qualify for free delivery. I think it is worth every penny, our dog gets used at every bath time and between bath times also and is still in an as new condition.
From around October time I had put a ban on buying new toys for my twin boys in the lead up to Christmas. After speaking to friends and family about gift ideas I knew there was going to be a large influx of new toys therefore I took quite a strict approach on toy purchasing. However after a run of illnesses, trip to the dentist and some steps forward with potty training I decided to buy my boys a little treat. Bath times had started to become more of a chore for my boys and I noticed they were becoming bored with bath time so I decided to look for something little for the bath and decided to purchase the Doggy Paddler.
The Doggy Paddler is basically a dog shaped wind up bath toy that has moveable arms that swim. The description of the toy is "wind the doggy up and watch him swim".
The toy is a bright yellow plastic dog which is about 15cm long and 8cm at the widest point and has a smiley friendly face. The dog is mainly bright yellow however is wearing green and blue swimming trunks. The dog has two legs which do not move however his two arms at the side of him move around in a circular motion. The arms on the dog move by twisting a blue wind up button on the underside of the toy. The more you wind the toy up the further it swims.
It is outlined the toy is suitable for children over 12 months old.
The Doggy Paddler is available from ELC and Mothercare stores and also available from www.elc.com and www.mothercare.com . The toy costs £4 which is pretty average for bath toys from ELC. You can also purchase a similar frog shaped toy named the Froggy Paddler.
I purchased the Doggy Paddler when my boys were around 19 months old so were definitely within the age range this toy is aimed at. Although the toy states it is suitable from 12 months old I feel you could put it in a bath with a younger child as there are no small parts and the toy is quite light and made from rounded plastic.
For a child under 12 months an adult would be required to wind the dog up to make it swim. I am very sceptical of the from 12 months age bracket because although I feel the toy is "safe" for a child of this age I do not feel most children of 12 months would actually be able to play and use the toy. From 19 months although my boys attempted to set the Doggy Paddler off themselves by using the wind up button they were unable to do so, and still now after 3 months of play and being shown regularly how to do so they still can't really play with the toy independently. Obviously children would never be unsupervised in the bath so there would always be an adult to hand but for one of my sons who is extremely independent and likes to do everything for himself (at almost 2 years old) this is incredibly frustrating. Even as an adult I find it quite difficult to set the dog off so it swims for a decent period of time and maximise the enjoyment factor of the toy.
The blue wind up button that sets the dog off swimming is on the underside of the toy and is about the size of a 1p piece. This has a ridge running through the centre to grip so you can turn. We also have the ELC Froggy Paddler which has the same concept but is a frog shaped toy. I must admit out of the two I prefer the Doggy Paddler and feel not only is it easier for a child to play with it is more enjoyable as it swims around in the bath for longer, in fact probably 3 times as long as the Froggy Paddler does with the same amount of winding up.
I feel the Doggy Paddler is easier for a child to wind up firstly as the wind up button does not hold so much tension therefore it is easier for a child to rotate. Secondly the design of the toy means if you hold the arms of the dog shaped toy before you set off you do not lose the tension you have created in the wind up button. For a toddler this concept is far too complicated to understand but it means as a parent you can hold the arms of the toy and then your child simply rotates the wind up button around thus thinking they are winding the toy up on their own. If you have an independent toddler (like one of my sons is) this makes life a lot easier and you do not get bath time tantrums because they want to wind the toy up themselves but can't which happens with the Froggy Paddler.
Secondly when you wind the Doggy Paddler up it swims for quite a reasonable amount of times and the arms continue to rotate around and it floats around the bath providing entertainment. With the Froggy Paddler, rotating the wind up button 3 full times gives only around 10 seconds worth of play, whereas the Doggy Paddler with 3 rotations will swim in the bath for around 30 seconds. The movement is no as frantic and quick as the frog but there is definite movement as the dog shaped toy moves around the bath.
The description of the Doggy Paddler on the ELC website outlines the toy "helps to develop coordination" however I feel that the overall concept of the toy is very difficult for a young toddler but does help them understand that by turning the wind up button it makes the dog move in the bath. It is just a shame a child of almost two years old is unable to wind the toy up completely on their own which I feel would add to the enjoyment of the toy.
The Doggy Paddler is quite a fun addition to bath time providing you can ensure it swims for longer periods by winding the button up a number of times. My boys really enjoy watching it swim in the bath and will shout "more ,more" and ask for me to set the dog off swimming again. Out of the two toys the Doggy and the Froggy Paddler my boys both prefer the Doggy Paddler toy.
The toy is made from hard durable plastic. My boys have a tendency to play a game of throwing their bath toys over the edge of the bath onto our tiled floor (usually when I am mid hair wash for one child). Although this creates a lot of water over my floor I am pleased to say the Doggy Paddler has survived the many falls onto the tiled floor without any damage. I dry off all of our bath toys after each use to ensure that they do not go mouldy. After over 3 months' worth of almost daily play, our Doggy Paddler is still fully functional, in good condition and mould free.
The Doggy Paddler for £4 is reasonable value for money and is quite a fun bath time toy. The dog looks good and fun to play with and like most ELC and Mothercare toys it is made from hard durable plastic. I do feel slightly disappointed by the Doggy Paddler however because of the overall design of the toy as it is so difficult for a young child to play with themselves so it is more of a toy for a child to "watch" than play independently with.
The toy is aimed at children aged 12 months and for a child of 12 months I do not feel they would even be able to wind the button up to set this toy off. At 2 years old my boys are able to wind the button up and turn it to set the dog off to move around the bath but they need me to hold onto the toy and hold the dogs rotating arms to ensure they do not set the toy off before they are ready, which is frustrating for a developing independent toddler.
We do also have the Froggy Paddler from the wind up bath toy range and out of the two I do feel that the Doggy Paddler is the better toy and would recommend it out of the two. Firstly as it is slightly easier for a child (and adult) to wind up and secondly the Doggy Paddler once wound up will swim for a lot longer than the frog toy does. This creates more giggles and entertainment for a child which is why I feel my two boys prefer it out of the two toys.
Entertaining and creates lots of bath times giggles but a doggy that is still slightly dodgy!